An important duty of men all over the world – look after the bags, do not interrupt, be quiet, and wait for her to finish. – WY
After 3 days of black-and-white, let’s return to the world of colour!
We are making a brief departure from Myeongdong next week for a visit to Bukchon. Stay tuned – WY
In which we look at the final image in a series of black-and-white street photography images in colourful Myeongdong.
There appears to be a strong push for the arts in South Korea. Not the “same old tired traditional tourist hook stuff” mind you, but a genuine push for contemporary and modern art creations. This level of regard for art is quite unique for an Asian country. If you are wondering, those are actually exhaust pipes for either a subway or building.
We now end this short 3-day exhibition of black-and-white in Myengdong. Something different next post – WY
In day 2 of this short series, we continue to look at street photography images rendered in black-and-white in colourful Myeongdong.
One thing I realized is that geographical climate does indeed has an effect on the appearance of light and photography opportunities. I hardly get this kind of nice light in Singapore, which is hot, humid and often cloudy. The high concentration of water vapour in Singapore probably weakens the appearance of light somewhat. In addition, the cool temperature of places such as Seoul ensures that people are actually willing to walk in the light! This is in stark opposition to warm tropical countries where everyone is scrambling to get out of the sunlight.
Day 3 coming up – WY
In which we look at a series of three black-and-white images captured in the streets of Myeongdong in the next three days. These are scheduled posts, as I am currently on a work trip.
There are some who swear by black-and-white imagery. There are others who think colours are more exciting. Indeed many fine photographers build their creative work around one or the other. I am neutral and view both black-and-white and colour as tools to me, the artist. I decide when to use the tool which best fits my artistic vision for an image. They are ultimately my tools, not the other way around.
I will share an image each day for the next three days that showcase street photography in Myeongdong in black-and-white. I have found the rendering of these in monochrome to be more pleasing to the aesthetics of my creative preference, despite Myeongdong’s natural affinity to colours.
Of course, the vast majority of my images in Myeongdong are still rendered in colour. To check out all my work in the streets of Myeongdong, select the “myeongdong” tag beneath.
Day 2 of 3 coming up – WY
In which we look at a night in colourful Myeongdong, and an equally impressive Korean hotpot, Jajang Tteokbokki.
Myeongdong is even more crowded in the night than it is in the day – more people get off work, travellers generally leave shopping to the evenings, less sunny, etc. It is just natural to the human species that retail and F&B only get into full swing in the evenings (except Sundays ;)). More roadside carts selling street food pull onto the streets starting from the late afternoon. The neon signs on display add a lot of colour and ambiance to the night.
Right I am changing the title format of my photo posts from “week” to “day”. Makes the titles shorter and less convoluted. 😛
Despite the flashy hustle and bustle of Myeongdong, there are bound to be quiet alleys behind the usual busy streets. Continue reading
In which we look at Selfies in Myeongdong and a moment in a café.
There are many skin-care shops in Myeongdong. This attractive wall of greenery is of course the facade for one such store. An unexpectedly popular attraction for photographs and selfies.
Coffee culture is very strong in Seoul. Or perhaps “cafe culture” is a more accurate description. 😉 There is no lack of atmospheric cafes and dessert shops for people to lounge in, drink stuff, munch stuff, do stuff, and look cool doing all that. In the streets of Myeongdong, such cafes abound everywhere. Hippies rejoice!
More to come – WY
In which we look at a scene on the street and a cute, cuddly giant bear.
I last visited Seoul in 2014. I was back again this year from mid-to-late April on a holiday. You would expect that things would not change much within two years. However, I was mistaken. To summarize, two years ago I thought Seoul was an impressive modern city – colourful, advanced, luxurious and extravagant (when you want to find it), rich with a unique blend of east-west ambiance, lots of shopping, all that good stuff.
I could not expect that within a space of only two years, all these things could get even more intense! More advanced, more colourful, more shopping, more luxurious and extravagant, more impressive, wow! Continue reading